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How Acupuncture Can Help Relieve Depression and Anxiety

The entwined mental health issues of depression and anxiety can affect every area of a person's life. Depression can make getting started in your day nearly impossible and when anxiety chimes in with the feelings of everything that isn’t and can’t possibly be accomplished, it simply feeds into the desolation of the depression.

While you may already be in treatment for it or be taking medications, acupuncture can help alleviate depression and anxiety as well.

What Parts of The Body are Treated?

In traditional Chinese medicine relates anxiety to an imbalance of the heart and kidney.Acupuncture on points around the heart, kidney, spleen and ear are used to treat anxiety. While acupuncture has been used to treat depression for thousands of years, it is only recently years that western medicine has taken notice of the benefits of acupuncture in the treating people with depression.

Heart, liver, lung and spleen are noted for emotions as well as depression. Acupuncture points include hand and wrist, lower back and various parts of your leg.

How Does Acupuncture Work with Anxiety & Depression?

When energy becomes blocked in the body, it can cause or intensify depression. The use of (hair-thin) needles in various locations is used to unblock energy paths. The flow of energy through the body is directed by the brain, but also through the entire nervous system.

Acupuncture can improve the flow of this energy throughout the body, resulting in improved mood.

The needles are used to fix blocked energy or imbalances in your body, which will also influence your mind to a more positive focus. 

Where energy gets ‘stuck’, acupuncture can clear the meridians, a set of pathways in the body along which vital energy flows. There are twelve pathways associated with specific organs, in your body to allow Qi to freely move about.

While the treatment with acupuncture is not immediate, over time symptoms are alleviated and a new revitalization in life happens. As with counseling or medications, acupuncture sessions with Karmabridge Acupunture and Herbals, P.C. will work to give you the best you possible.

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Treating Chronic Muscle & Joint Pain with Acupuncture

Can Acupuncture Help with Persistent Muscle and Joint Pain?

The short answer is yes.

Acupuncture is a practice of medicine that involves pricking the skin or tissues with needles, which is used to halt pain and treat various physical and mental conditions. Originating in ancient China about 5000 years ago, acupuncture is now widely practiced in the West. The needles are the width of a hair on your head.

Generally speaking they do not hurt when inserted, however if a muscle is tight or a joint has been inflamed for a period of time then there might be some soreness or pressure which quickly dissipates

The medical theory of acupuncture centers on the concept of qi energy (pronounced “chee”). Qi is said to flow through the body’s energy pathways, known as meridians. Meridians match certain organs or groups of organs. In Chinese medicine, disease is known to be caused by an imbalance of this energy’s flow through the meridians.

Qi can become blocked, which causes painful sensations or loss of function in various body parts. Acupuncturists insert the needles into specific acupoints on a body through the skin to restore balance. There are about 350 acupoints on a person.

Having muscle or joint pain can be debilitating, especially over time. It frequently becomes easier to avoid things one enjoys because the presence of pain subtracts from the pleasure of the activity. Western medicine, while becoming more accepting of acupuncture, still relies on pain medicine for chronic pain. These solutions tend to lose their effectiveness over time as tolerances to the medication are developed.

Acupuncture in the appropriate areas releases endorphins. Endorphins are your own body’s natural painkillers, which when released, will help you feel relaxed and more mobile. If muscles are too tight, or joints become impinged, acupuncture treatment can relieve the tension and release the muscle knots to restore normal functioning to the rest of the body.

Acupuncture is very good at releasing muscular tensions to help the body heal itself.
Regarding joint pain as in a knee injury, often acupuncture can relieve pain better than over the counter medicines for long term relief using the acupoints to see where pressure can be released. Additional benefits are increased mobility and less inflammation.

Acupuncture does not exist in a vacuum; in addition the treatments there are other lifestyle considerations to take into account.

These include:
• Nutritional and Dietary concerns
• Herbal Supplements

Coordinating therapies of the mind and body is what we do in order to allow you the best life possible. Karmabridge Acupuncture & Herbals, P.C. can address all these facets for you and your body.

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